Ever since the constant threat of nuclear annihilation and northern migrating killer bees of the 80s, I haven't been much for the consumption of news. "Would we all get nuked into dust before I got a boyfriend?" "Will I know a killer bee when I see one?" Just insert any neurotic, obsessive thought a teenager might have about current events, and you've got it. As years passed, I'd make sure that I knew what was going on in the world. I'd tune in to your odd local news show or 60 Minutes on occasion. But basically, I didn't watch the news, couldn't watch the news, because I'd lose sleep over every story.
Cut to the Information Age and me, carefully selecting news from the internet. I curate me-approved news with a click. A terrible story about genocide? Get the salient facts and then soothe myself with a story about a puppy who's been adopted by a mallard. Ah...that's the stuff. I'll sleep like a baby tonight.
But these days, I'm getting a little lazy. You could even say, haphazard with my news gathering. Today, I clicked on the following links, in reverse order, without really considering their possible content:
- Mad cow disease found in California dairy cow
- 40 white rabbits dumped at Huntington Beach park
- Big Guy, a blind sea lion, finds a home at last
- Woman bites driver who stole parking spot, police say
What a dilemma. They still publish the funnies, right?